The Gould diamond is a kind of finch that delights by its colorful plumage. With purple, yellow, red and green, it looks like no other bird. This particularity has earned him the favors of many individuals who want to acquire it. For that, to know the needs of this bird in all the fields will be essential.
A granivorous bird
The Gould diamond is above all a bird that feeds on seeds. To ensure its good health, white millet is recommended, as well as canary grass or Japanese millet. If the mixture is not bought ready to eat, the seeds should be prepared by dipping them in water and rinsing them several times. The seeds must be supplied in sufficient quantities each day and more seeds must be added during the incubation period. Although these seeds are rich in nutrients and complex carbohydrates, they are not sufficient to guarantee a balanced diet.
Gould’s Diamond is hungry for insects that will provide it with an interesting amount of protein. Beetles, termites, spiders or flies can be offered as a treat. Given the low diversity of its diet, food supplements are essential for the Gould’s diamond. It will be necessary to take care to bring him the vitamins necessary for his health. Advice on this subject can be taken from a veterinarian because this rare species from Australia may have special needs.
A lively bird
Gould’s diamond is one of the species that likes to move very quickly and multiply successive displacements. In order to allow it to fly as it wishes, it will be necessary to provide a very long cage because it moves only horizontally. Whenever possible, an aviary is preferable because it offers more space and therefore allows the birds to roam their habitat as often as desired without feeling limited. Resting areas or perches should be installed as well as nests if the owner accepts a reproduction.
This type of bird does not like to be disturbed, so the food bowl and water container should be placed near the cage door so that they can be replaced without disturbing the inhabitants. The bottom of the cage must be made of fine sand, very appreciated by Gould’s diamonds, or failing that, of newspaper. The cage must be positioned away from draughts and at a sufficient height so that the birds are not disturbed by children.
An unsociable species
Breeders or pet shops may explain that it is possible to attempt cohabitation with other species of birds but that Gould’s diamonds generally do not like this configuration. Small birds immediately seem too turbulent to them. Birds that like the quiet, it will be preferable to choose only this species in the same cage or aviary. On the other hand, it is possible to have a couple or even several in the same aviary, which will largely promote reproduction by a process of emulation because the couple formed is faithful all its life.
For that, a large aviary is necessary so that each bird feels comfortable. The bigger it is, the more the birds will feel comfortable in it. Perches of different sizes must be installed at different heights. Specialists will insist that it is important to put one at the top of the cage or aviary because this type of bird likes the height and to be able to observe its surroundings. As far as feeding is concerned, the veterinarian will recommend that cuttlefish bones be placed in the cage on a regular basis so that the birds can peck them and take advantage of the calcium and other vitamins they contain.
This species is threatened with extinction for environmental reasons but also because of the behavior of the parents towards their brood. It is not uncommon for young chicks to be ejected from the nest and forgotten by their parents. It is therefore necessary to monitor the cage and put the young bird back in the nest even if the phenomenon may recur. When this problem is too frequent, it is best to separate the young from the parents and use the Japanese sparrows, which are better parents and take very good care of the eggs and chicks.
For individuals, it will be necessary to determine from the outset whether they want their birds to be able to breed, as this period requires a lot of monitoring and involvement. It will be necessary to avoid that the eggs are too light, to ensure sufficient food for the chicks and to make sure that they are accepted and happy in the nest. If the person concerned does not feel able to do this, it is better to remove the nests and the elements that encourage their production in order to avoid reproduction.